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wolfman
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posted 02-20-2011 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Hawkeye! I am preparing a two-day itinerary this morning and will post for suggestions/critique. I am planning one day in Napa, and the other in Sonoma. This will be my second visit to the area, but we only spent one day in the Napa area last time. We are staying in American Canyon, a little out of the way, but works great with my budget.

I hope to visit a few wineries we are familiar with and try a few new ones. I am somewhat conflicted by trying something I can't buy back at home, but on the other hand that could be seen as a positive. Depends on your perspective I guess - glass half full versus half empty. Although, my view on that old saying is that the glass is obviously too big!

Before I post a potential itinerary, here are the places we visited last time.

Clos Pegase - I love their Pinot. So full bodied, I can't believe it is a Pinot.

Sterling - We had to experience the ride up the mountain. Actually, we were pleasantly surprised by some of their wines we had not seen in the stores.

Rombauer - I love their Zin, especially when it had a higher percentage of El Dorado grapes.

Dutch Henry - Recommended by a local business associate. Their wines were average, but we received personal attention from the winemaker and really enjoyed ourselves. They had a wonderful olive oil if I remember correctly.

I seem to be forgetting one, but maybe it was because we spent too long at Rombauer!

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-20-2011 06:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Wolfman, welcome to our club. Just remember, most of us are just people who like and appreciate wine and most certainly are not Robert Parker! We tell it like it is, or as we see it, whether good or not so good. I have not met many bottles of wine that I didn't like, just some are better than others.

If you would like some specific places to visit, tell us where you are staying, what days you will be spending in Napa and Sonoma, and maybe we can come up with some suggestions . . . that is if you want them.

By the way, Damombo, if it isn't JAMMY, is it JAMMYTRISH? Cheers.

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wolfman
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posted 02-20-2011 05:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
Yes, I use JAMMY quite a bit, especially when describing my favorite wines, whether they be Zin, Shiraz, or Petite Sirah. Perhaps my other favorite term is "fruit forward".

I am definitely no expert, I just have an appreciation for good wine (when I am not enjoying a good scotch). Both my wife and I helped out some friends who run a liquor store in town, where we received a little education on wines, followed by an appreciation. I can tell the difference between a $10 bottle versus a $30 bottle, but beyond that it is hard for me to justify spending a lot of money.

Having said that, I have been lucky enough to sample Penfolds Grange, Opus One, and Screaming Eagle. Each of them were pretty amazing, but I am perfectly happy in the $30-$50 range when considering a "good" bottle of wine.

To answer your other question, it will be my wife and I on the trip. She is a Galveston/Hitchcock native. Friday thru Monday morning will be split between Wine Country and San Fran, then we are off to San Jose for a few days on business. The good thing is that there is a J. Lohr tasting room close to our hotel in San Jose!

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damombo
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posted 02-19-2011 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
and yes, born and raised and lived my entire life in Houston.

We did spend nearly 4 years in Baltimore, MD in the early 80's (work) and that was a fabulous adventure. Played the tourist, with absolutely no shame, the entire time.

So, is this trip next week a solo adventure? or will you have someone along to tour with...

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damombo
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posted 02-19-2011 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Did I hear JAMMY?????
Wait for it - the next sound you hear will be Hawkeye poking fun at me for my favorite adjective for my favorite Zins

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wolfman
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posted 02-19-2011 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks damombo! I see you are from Houston...I lived down there in the late 80's to early 90's.

Yes, I am getting a late start, but I wasn't sure how much time I was spending in Napa/Sonoma. I am splitting my time between San Jose, San Francisco and Wine County.

This will be my second trip to the area, so I am hoping to try some new wines and maybe a couple of my favorites. I didn't get a chance to visit Sonoma last time, but after reading the threads over there I am getting excited.

I have been favoring Zin's of late, so I should enjoy quite a few from that area. So I will probably start a thread there to ask a few opinions. But since we are in Napa, one of my favorite Zin's is from Rombauer. I tend to prefer my Zin on the jammy side, rather than too much pepper unless I am having a steak.

I am a big fan of Seghesio and anything Rockpile, but I will save that conversation for the Sonoma forum.

I may have a few questions coming soon. My plan is to spend one day in Napa and the other in Sonoma. Trying to get my list for each narrowed down to 5-8 wineries will be fun! ;-)

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damombo
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posted 02-19-2011 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Welcome, Wolfman!
Wow, going next week? Yes you do have some research to do! I only say that because I'm one of those who plans for two months or more ahead
Have fun with that planning and with the going - let us know if you have a question and we will be happy to try to help.

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wolfman
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posted 02-19-2011 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
I just found this forum and I must say I am overwelmed with all the great information. Thanks to everyone in advance for sharing your comments. I especially enjoy the "friendly" atmosphere the fact that there seems to be a small number of participants - sort of like an exclusive club!

I plan on spending a few days in the Napa/Sonoma area next week before travelling to San Jose on business. I am just starting my research this weekend, so I have a lot to do!

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